Circa 1950 – from the workshop of Ihsan Girgin (GIRGIN Pipes) in Eskisehir, Turkey. L. 18.5cm / 7.5 in. From the Johnny Long collection PCoL #UK603F Unsmoked (15 April 2014)
Maker uncertain, possibly Wilhelm Müller or F. Behm. Once had a partial gold wash. Hallmarks: Number 13 in circular cartouche, and a crude unicorn head. Length: 55 mm (2 1/8″) Height: 40 mm (1 5/8″). Origin: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Date: circa 1850. From the collection of: Johnny Long – PCoL #UK603Hon
The metal model for Bacchante (consort of Bacchus) and a finished briar from the Johnny Long Collection. One can easily see the liberty given the Master Carver in finishing the details. Sand pits, fissures and other imperfections in the briar block would also necessitate modifications.
The multiple stages of pipe production on the Dalloz pantograph. First, the pattern (Voltaire – carved in wood), next, the roughed out bust which is removed from the pantograph, and finally, finished by a master carver. No two of these pipes is alike, for the details of eyes, eyebrows, hair, etc. are done by hand at the carver’s discretion.
Drawing of a similar “Prince of Wales” pipe “with horn mouthpiece” appears on page 73 of the Salmon & Gluckstein Illustrated Guide for Pipe Smokers dated London, January 1880. Source: Page 28 of The Pipe Companion – A Connoisseurs’s Guide by David Wright. The pipe at right, carved in St. Claude, France, has a silver band hallmarked Birmingham 1912.
Should be considered a hero of our club – our “Not-so-Saintly” Patron Saint? “Gentlemen, you may smoke.” he said, after assuming the throne, his mother, Queen Victoria having previously banned tobacco use in her court and the precincts of Windsor Castle. Queen Vic on the other hand, is the “Precursoress” of the accursed smoking ban in Great Britain.
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